Why did I choose this career and any advice to those seeking to be an illustrator/graphic designer.
I somewhat stumbled upon illustration after a few of my doodles got some traction on Instagram. I always enjoyed drawing as a kid, but once I went to away to university, I really put it on the back burner because I didn’t have as much time for hobbies. I picked up drawing again last summer when a close family member got extremely ill. I needed something to do while in waiting rooms and hospital lobbies, and drawing was a great distraction.
I still work full time in marketing, so I would not say I really made doodles into a career. Although it definitely has the potential to get there if I ever free up enough time to fully pursue it! I guess the main piece of advice I would give to anyone looking to pursue illustration or graphic design is to just put yourself out there and make your work as accessible as possible. I try to do as many pop-ups, markets and collaborations as possible so that I can meet the people who interact with my work. Hamilton has a super welcoming arts community, and if you put yourself out there enough, you’ll likely make a few friends who can help guide you through things and share opportunities.
Favourite kind of project you have done so far for HamOnt Doodles?
I recently designed a few banners that will be hanging up along Barton Street for the next 3 years which is really cool. I’ve always had a soft spot for Barton, and I have never really had my art hung in a public space, so that will be very surreal to see.
I also have another project in the works that has been a dream for a while, but I don’t think I am allowed to really talk about it just yet. But you’ll all find out in June!
Favourite spot in Hamilton to create?
I spend a lot of time in coffee shops either meeting with clients or finishing up doodles. The ones I frequent most are probably Mulberry and Steeltown Garage.
What is your dream project?
I’d love to one day get my work in the Hamilton Art Gallery in some capacity. I’m not really sure how to manifest that, but AGH if you’re reading this please slide into my DM’s.
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Peace & Love,
Contributing Writer, Arts and Hamilton